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Spinal orthoses, which include neck and back braces, are used to support and stabilize areas of the body from the jaw to the lower back and cervical spine. These types of orthoses may be used postoperatively to promote proper and safe healing, to treat a chronic disease or condition such as arthritis or used to treat an injury, such as whiplash. Hanger Clinic offers the following for spinal services:
The spine can be likened to a slinky. When one segment of the spine moves it creates motion above and below it. Due to this inherent motion when treating the spine it is necessary to treat both above and below the involved area. Spinal orthoses are divided into flexible and rigid supports.
A neck orthotic is cervical collar/orthosis and may be used to treat an injury, provide support for degenerative disease that affects neck strength, or as a postoperative stabilization device. Cervical collars range from a soft style to a rigid style. Cervical orthoses are designed to fit the body anywhere from the jaw to the chest.